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The Crucible

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The Crucible In this essay I will be assessing Proctors dramatic confrontations. In the play The Crucible the author Arthur Miller has very strong hidden messages against 'McCarthyism', the singling out of individuals in American society and accusing them of an association with groups who are said to be against the American way of life. He expresses his thoughts indirectly instead of writing a play that directly condemns 'McCarthyism'. Miller's message is that the Salem witch trials were wrong, they were destroying innocent individuals with no real evidence. This works as an allegorical metaphor for the wrongs of 'McCarthyism'. In the play The Crucible the key events focus around the character John Proctor, who is the main character, around whom the play revolves and ultimately he is central to the plays intend message. The audience first meets John Proctor when he goes into the crowded parlour in Salem and sees Abigail Williams, who is being questioned about witchcraft. John Proctor says to her 'Ah, you're wicked yet, aren't y'. You'll be clapped in the stocks before you're twenty.' This shows he is a laid back man, who has a different approach to life than most people then, it also shows he knows Abigail well and knows what she is capable of. ...read more.


This shows us that Proctor wishes to redeem himself and move on from his past sins. The audience can respect him for this, they can see he is a character with a heavy burden on his shoulders and consequently there is added depth to his character which makes him and his fight all the more credible. The audience then meets John Proctor again in a dramatic confrontation with Cheever because he arrests his wife saying she is a witch, this outrages proctor because the evidence is farcical, the evidence is a poppet that Mary Warren had made in court. But Abigail, who holds a grudge against Elizabeth for being proctors wife, said it was Elizabeth's poppet and she had sent her spirit out to stab her. Proctor can't believe that this has turned into a big uproar when he knows the truth that they were only dancing. He now has to fight for his wife. It now becomes easier for Proctor to fight against the system, which is farcical, hyprocrital and which relies upon false blame. The audience meets John Proctor again in a dramatic confrontation with Mary Warren when she tells proctor that it was all pretence and no-one really saw all those spirits, they were all just pretending that the spirits were there. ...read more.


The audience meets John proctor for the last time when he is being blamed for dicing with the devil and the system squeezes him so much he finally decides he is going to take the easy way out by confessing. But the court wants more, a confession alone isn't enough they want him to give names of other people that have been seen with the devil but proctor didn't want to do that because he hasn't actually seen anyone with the devil so he would be blaming innocent people and it would just keep going on and on, that's not what he wanted he wanted it to stop now. So he sacrificed himself for other people hoping to stop the whole thing. Miller's message is that you should stand up for what you believe in and don't go along with something when you know it's wrong. I think Miller conveys his message through John Proctors voice, as he is just a normal person trying to live his life when he gets dragged into the witch trials and ends up dying for what he believes in. Proctor is Miller! ...read more.

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